Are you an in-home service provider looking for an easy way to let clients book you to come to their home or office? Then do we have a solution for you!
No matter whether you’re a babysitter that’s just letting parents around the neighborhood reserve her time or a plumber that wants website visitors to easily see his availability, setting up a web scheduler for your in home services guarantees you’ll get more bookings.
In this blog post, we’re going to go through how you set this up in your TimeTap account. We’ll break down the three points in the appointment process where capturing the client’s address and displaying it back to them for confirmation is critical. We’ll also go through how you’ll see the address and know where your appointment is.
There are three points in an appointment’s lifecycle where the client’s address is critical:
Point #1: Capturing the address upon booking
When you are an in-home service provider, it’s best practice to go ahead and get the address for the appointment at the same time that the client is booking. Waiting until later could mean not that you don’t get it in time to stay on schedule with your appointments for the day. Or, worse yet, it could mean that you can’t get in touch with the client and can’t confirm their appointment at all. So, this point is critical and below we’ll go through how to make sure this is turned on in your TimeTap account.
Point #2: Immediately confirming that you got their address
When clients are booking themselves, it gives them peace of mind when they feel reassured that you have their correct information. A great opportunity to reassure them is on the final confirmation screen that clients see after setting their appointments. By default this screen in TimeTap just prints the location’s address, but since this is going to be the client’s address, we will have to swap out some of the default settings. It gives clients a lot of comfort that their appointment was scheduled correctly if, after putting in their address & saving the appointment, the confirmation message reads, “We look forward to meeting you at the following address” and displays their address back to them.
Point #3: Including their address on email messages:
The last bit of reassurance you can give clients that they have entered their address properly is on the email message that goes out to confirm their appointment. When clients book online for the first time using TimeTap, some of them can be a little unnerved about how easy it is. Because scheduling is usually such a hassle, many are left thinking “really, that was it? I was sure I was going to get confused or messed up somewhere.” As such, they are looking for a reason to feel like something went wrong. By including the address for their location in your email template as well, they’ll just have to throw their arms up and declare that you’re the easiest business to book with in the world.
So, where and how do you make these changes within your TimeTap account? I’ve set up a demo account of a mock cleaning company that goes to people’s homes and/or offices to clean. We’ll dive into the nitty gritty next and go through just how you’ll make in-home bookings a piece of cake:
Step 1: Making sure that client address is turned on and is mandatory
To make sure we cover point #1 above, our first step is to go into our Settings menu and take a look at the Client Information panel. We’ll want to click the link to add or remove fields from the client info settings section:
Go ahead and add in the address fields and mark them as mandatory. Now, when clients of my demo cleaning company fill in their name and email address to confirm their cleaning appointment, they’ll also be prompted to fill in their address. This address will get stored on their client profile so if they login next time, they won’t have to fill in their address again.
Step 2: Put your client’s email address in your confirmation message
The next thing you’ll need to do is change the message that displays to clients immediately after their appointment is booked. This is also in the Settings menu on the Client Information section. You’re going to press the “Edit” button in the top right of the Confirmation Panel Settings:
Once you’ve opened the pop up window, you’re going to edit the Appointment Saved Success message to include the tags for address the client put in. Those tags will be:
Client Address line 1: %CLIENT_ADDRESS1%
Client Address line 2: %CLIENT_ADDRESS2%
Client city: %CLIENT_CITY%
Client state: %CLIENT_STATE%
Client zip: %CLIENT_ZIP%
What tags will do is go into the appointment record, identify which client the appointment is with, look at the client’s record, and pull out the client’s address. All you need to do is paste those tags with the percentage signs into the appointment saved success message box and press “Save” after you finish.
Test out your booking process now and you’ll see that the success message prints out the address that the client puts in on the Your Info page:
Step 3: Change your location’s address to include tags for your client’s address
The last step is to go into your location’s profile and change the location name and address so that when clients get the email confirmation, the address that prints out for the appointment is the address the put in. To do this, go to your Settings menu on your TimeTap account and click Locations. Once you are in the location profile, click on the “Edit” button in the top right of the Location details section:
Since the location for the appointment will always be the client’s location, it’s best to go ahead and name it “Your location” or something similar. In the address fields, go ahead and embed the same tags that we listed above so that the address that gets printed on the email is the client’s address, not the business’s.
Now when your confirmation emails go out to clients, they will have the client’s address on them:
So those are the three steps you’ll need to take to foolproof your free TimeTap account for in home appointments. Itching to give it a try? Go ahead and sign up for a free TimeTap account and ask our support team if you need any help
Have other tips and tricks for offering in home services? We’d love to know what you’ve done to make the booking process easier and more reassuring for your clients. Come tell us about them in the comments below!